Natural Artistic Rhythm
The following exercise is to help you get into a good rhythm with your pen. The most common mistake people make when they first use a tablet is to get too tense. They literally scrape the pen across the tablet hoping to get that “perfect first line”. Some results will come from this.
- Maybe drawing too slowly and as a result get wobbly lines
- Not relaxing their arm or hand and as a result may strain themselves.
- Will normally find the pen is sliding around on the tablet too much from the excess pressure. As a result they’re not drawing as accurately as they would like.
- Getting frustrated and drawing too quickly and not getting accurate lines.
Here’s the trick, relax! Just take a deep breath, breath all the way out and then loosen up all your muscles and joints in your arm.
Imagine you are holding a delicate brush in your hand and treat each stroke confidently and fluidly.
Now, start out by drawing the following pattern. Repeat it over and over again. Try and keep the loops even and the lines as fluid and curved (not wobbly) as you can. Don’t go too slow, and don’t go too fast. Go at a comfortable flowing and confidant speed. Try to concentrate your eyes on the pointer rather than the whole drawing.
- When you go too slowly, the lines on the loops may seem a bit wobbly. Just speed up your stroke a little and add more confidence to it.
- When you go too fast you may notice the loops are less uniform or of varying sizes. Simply slow down a bit and try to concentrate on the pointer a bit more.
- When your attention wonders off the pointer, you may notice your accuracy is not as good as when you looking at the pointer.
You’ll also notice:
- When you are going at a perfect speed you’ll see the loops get gradually more uniform.
- The better you become at looking at the pointer rather than the whole drawing, the more accurate you become.
- The more confident you get the smoother the loops look. This is now your natural artistic rhythm.
Continued on next page …